DAVID LEE ROTH SAYS HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE VAN HALEN BROTHERS IS LIKE “‘THE WILD BUNCH'”

Frontman David Lee Roth was a recent guest on comedian Marc Maron’s, WTF With Marc Maron, podcast, highlights from the discussion appear below, as per Blabbermouth.net.

On why their relationship declined:

“Why did it fracture? ‘Cause all rock bands fracture It turns into diverse interests. People have the friction of time. And that friction is family; that friction is… sometimes it’s partying, but I don’t know if that’s what really separated Van Halen.”

There were always creative differences, We never got along. It was a beautiful, beautiful pairing of… You’ve seen cowboy movies where the guys are always sabotaging each other but they’re working to somehow accomplish something. And I think you’ll see that in a lot of popular bands. They may have gotten through it, but I don’t know that we ever really grew up and became gentrified. Now, that may not be a good thing; a part of me remained 23 years old forever.”

Speaking about reuniting in 2012, 34 years after Van Halen’s debut release. years after Van Halen’s debut release, as well as making the comeback album, A Different Kind Of Truth:

“Van Halen’s perfect, and I always sensed that perfect would get back together — perfect in its imperfections. Think of your most ruined jeans that barely are jeans. They’re your favorite because of the holes in ’em… Your favorite part of your cowboy boots is the f–ked up part… That kind of imperfection, we value that and we still have it — it’s in the music, and it makes the music more popular than ever.”

On whether he could sit down today and have dinner with the Van Halen brothers:

“Nope. Not even close. Not even close. This is not a golf club. This is a little closer to The Wild Bunch. There is a fury and an antagonism, and what comes out of that is, when it’s good — oh, man.”

Van Halen’s last live performance was in October 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

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  • elliot goldberg on

    dave would’ve said “the brady bunch”, but that’s my story.


  • Doug R. on

    Stay Frosty Ice Cream Man!


  • RTunes68 on

    Every media source today is hanging on that one quote about DLR and the VH brothers not being able to have dinner together. I think what Dave’s saying is being taken too literally. It’s probably Dave’s colorful way of saying that the two parties don’t socialize and aren’t particularly pals who hang out. I don’t think anything more should be read from it.

    Also, not to get too math nerdy, but….

    “Speaking about reuniting in 2012, 23 years after Van Halen’s debut release”….

    I think you mean “reuniting in 2007, 23 year’s after Van Halen’s 1984 album” or “reuniting in 2012, 34 year’s after Van Halen’s debut release.”


    • Dana on

      Thank you, I will fix it, that was Blabbermouth.net’s info.


    • Michael B on

      That is common knowledge any VH knows. They never got along, this isn’t new. As to him saying the friction makes good music, I agree to a point, but besides some mediocre tunes on ADKOT that friction hasn’t produced much besides nostalgia tours. VH was always about pushing boundaries, not staying safe. From Dave’s wild persona, Eddie’s unearthly playing, and Alex’s awesome drumming, it was always extraordinary, Sammy’s vocals, Mike’s vocals and energy… A lot of that was missing from the last tours.

      just my opinion.


  • The Sentinel on

    Is that DLR or Mr. Furley?


    • Taskerofpuppets on

      that gave me a chuckle.


  • ghost of craig on

    This article is like half written. There is better stuff out there on you tube about the relationship between Dave and the band. We all know Eddie is difficult to get along with. I would love to see the Dave solo stuff with Johnny 5 released!!!!!


    • Ray Gillen on

      DLR band is the name of the album that has John 5 is on from 1998. It`s available to all and it has Ray Luzier from Korn drumming in it. Pretty solid album I think .


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